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NEWS AND NOTES

Griffin Puts On Show At Gonzaga Tourney

It was the first game of the Gonzaga/D.C. Classic yesterday and, with a 3:15 start, you would have expected good seats for the game between Philadelphia's Roman Catholic and Severn's Spalding, the first of four games on the day's slate, to be easy to find.

Wrong.

Approximately 500 people -- many of whom were college scouts and assistant coaches -- were on hand at the Northwest school to see the Cavaliers tangle with Roman Catholic and its 6-foot-9 center-forward, Eddie Griffin, regarded by many recruiting types as the top senior in the land. Griffin did not disappoint, scoring 26 points in a 60-53 win and electrifying the crowd with six dunks.

Griffin, who averaged 24 points, 13 rebounds and 7 blocks en route to being named the city and state player of the year last season, has signed to play next season for Seton Hall.

He started a bit slowly yesterday. Then Spalding guard Tremaine Robinson (bound for Towson) had the gall to dunk over him. Big mistake.

"I wanted to get [Robinson] back because he got me," said Griffin, who had most of his points in the second and third quarters. "That's what really got me going."

The Eddie Griffin Show continues today when the three-day, eight-team tournament moves to American University's Bender Arena for the final two days. Roman Catholic plays Loughlin of New York at 6:45 p.m.

Goodman Sprains Ankle, Could Miss 4-6 Weeks

Takoma Academy senior guard Tamir Goodman suffered a severe sprain and partially torn ligament in his left ankle during Tuesday's 65-62 loss to Bullis School. He will wear an air-cast for 10 to 14 days before being re-evaluated, but the early prognosis is for him to be sidelined four to six weeks.

The 6-3 guard, bound for Towson after his commitment to Maryland fell through, was averaging 20 points and nine rebounds in seven games.

A Forfeit

Anacostia Coach Frank Briscoe isn't upset that his girls team is no longer undefeated. But he isn't happy about how the lone blemish on the No. 16 Indians' 5-1 mark came to be. Carroll Coach Robert Ager called the Dec. 12 game a forfeit when Anacostia arrived nearly two hours late for the 5:30 p.m. game. The Indians had been playing in a tournament in Philadelphia but the games ran late, delaying their return.

"Any coach would make it a non-contest since it's a nonleague game," Briscoe said. "You wouldn't call it a forfeit for a nonleague game."

Ager countered that he wouldn't mind scheduling Anacostia again next season, but is still counting the forfeit as a victory for the Lions. "They didn't show up," he said. "I told him at the beginning that we could play next year because that was the only open date I had. He insisted on playing two games in one day."

WORTH QUOTING

"It's a good thing I'm used to getting beat up by my sister."

-- Riverdale Baptist senior forward Joi Jefferson, already battling the flu, after getting knocked to the floor twice in the first half. Jefferson's older sister, Starr, is a senior forward at George Washington University and was at Riverdale for last night's 63-44 win by the third-ranked Crusaders over No. 4 DuVal.